Pete Smith, ex-prep, Chaminade coach, dies at 52

Updated: October 18, 2006, 10:41 AM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Pete Smith, a former basketball coach who led Kalaheo High School to three state championships, died Tuesday. He was 52.

University of Hawaii basketball coach Riley Wallace quoted Smith's son Alika, a UH assistant coach, as saying his father died at Castle Medical Center of cancer.

Smith, a graduate of the University of Hawaii, compiled a 413-85 record while coaching at Kalaheo from 1984 to 1987 and again from 1990 to 2003, the year he underwent colon cancer surgery.

In the interim, he was the head coach at Chaminade University, where he served as an assistant coach in 1982 when the Silverswords upset then-No. 1 Virginia.

Kalaheo won state championships in 1985, 1995 and 2001. During his 17 years as coach, the Mustangs took 14 Oahu Interscholastic Association titles.

During his playing days, Smith led Kailua High School to the state basketball championship in 1972.

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